Originally Posted by hopeless_opus
I think Danelectro made/makes a sitar simulation pedal. It might suck, but it's probably cheap... maybe worth a try.
Someone is also making Coral sitars again, there is a local guitar shop here that has one.
The pedal called Sitar Swami, does nothing at all to create sitar sounds. It's a very heavy nasty phaser/flanger thing.
There is a german company that offers sitar type bridge inserts for Telecaster bridges. Can't recall the name right now, but they used to sell whammy add ons and the like in he US. At present they have no us distributor, and their shipping arrangements turned a 40 dollar or so part into a 150 dollar or so part.
The Jerry Jones models are pretty accurate reproductions of the old Coral/Danelectro units. I'd recommend the "baby" since it's less expensive, and as someone pointed out, it can be hard to actually hear the sympathetic strings on the master.
I'm considering having a luthier build a solid body for mine, in hopes that it would improve tranfer of vibrations to the stmpathetic strings, and perhaps get the bridge placed a littel more accurately for intonation.